English Current Affairs 09-04-2018
# The Prime Minister has announced that on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti a “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” would be organised starting from 14th April to 5th May, 2018.This Abhiyan is being undertaken for reaching out to poor households, spreading awareness about government welfare schemes and other people centric initiatives.
# All tobacco products and cigarette packs will have a national toll-free number printed on them from September this year to assist users to quit addiction. The number is – 1XXX-XX-2356.The toll-free number will help in creating awareness among tobacco users and give them access to counseling services to effect behavior change.
# The Uttar Pradesh Government launched the Ganga Hariteema Yojana, also known as Ganga Greenery scheme, on in the 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh that are located on the bank of river Ganga. The scheme aims to enhance the green cover in the catchment areas of the river Ganga and to control the land erosion.
# Union Food Processing Industries Minister, Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Uttarakhand’s second Mega Food Park in Udham Singh Nagar This Mega Food Park will benefit around 25000 farmers in Udham Singh Nagar district as well as neighbouring districts. It is to be noted that Uttarakhand’s first Mega Food Park is located at Haridwar and has already become operational.
# In May-June 2018, Kerala State Government will start a ‘community radio’ to update farmers about the latest developments in the sector. This will be the first such community radio in India, under Government initiativeto get connected with the farming community.
# IHHC (India Home Health Care) has become the first home health care company to create a dedicated ICU simulation lab to train nursing staff, at its Bangalore facility. This advanced simulation lab will offer hands-on training modules and aide nursing staff to improve the quality of medical and healthcare services offered to homes.
# Prof Panchanan Mohanty, former dean of the School of Humanities at University of Hyderabad (UoH) has discovered two new languages: Walmiki and Malhar. Walmiki is spoken in Koraput of Odisha and in the bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh. Malhar is spoken in an isolated region 165 km away from Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
# Japan activated its Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB), its first marine unit since World War Two. The marine unit has been activated to counter invaders who attempt to occupy Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea. Japan fears that those islands are vulnerable to attack by China.
# United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia concluded “Desert Tiger 5” joint military exercise aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing joint military actions. It was aimed at improving combat readiness, raising combat efficiency and enhances interoperability of the ground forces of both the countries.
# Union Minister Nitin Gadkari stated that India and South Korea will sign a pact to provide Indian seafarers employment on over 500 Korean ships. It will not only create job opportunities for Indian seafarers, but will also grant recognition of maritime education and training certificates for seafarers issued by the governments of both the countries.
Banking & Finance
# The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to use Gross Domestic Product (GDP) instead of Gross Value Added (GVA) to measure economic activity in India. GDP provides the picture from the consumers’ side or the demand side. Viral Acharya, deputy governor of RBI said that, this change has been done to confirm with international practice and for ease of comparison.
# Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation has decided to honour Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma with the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for 2018. She has been promoting content-driven or experimental cinema, and encouraging fresh talents, through her production company Clean Slate Films.
# President Ram Nath Kovind was conferred with the Condecoracion, the highest honour accorded to a non-citizen by the government of Equatorial Guinea while his visit there.
# Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, who has worked in both the Hindi film industry and southern cinema, will be felicitated with Sridevi Award at the Zee Apsara Awards.
# Mahir Pandhi, an aspiring model from New Delhi, has won “Top Model India”, which showcases diverse talent and breaks stereotypes. The show gave a chance to 12 aspiring models to transform into supermodels.
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